Observation start time: 07:00:00 Observation end time: 16:00:00 Total observation time: 9 hours
Official Counter: Maryse Gagne
Observers: Chip Ogglesby, Cindy Isenhoff, Elizabeth Kent, Hugh Kent
Visitors: Thank you to our many visitors today; Cindy and Kramer, Chip and Dana, Ralph and Mary-Jane, Leanna and Doug, James, Russ Jones and his family, and Neil. Thank you for all your help looking at raptors.
Weather: We had a cooler day, with constant cloud cover and temperatures only rising to low 20 degrees Celsius. We did experience some very favourable winds from the North for the majority of the day.
Raptor Observations: Another very good day with a total of 140 raptors flying over the tower! We had mostly Sharp-shinned hawks and American Kestrels. Broad-wing hawks are slowly making their way down, coming in small groups of 2-3, with a daily total of 6. We were also joined by the resident Ospreys, adult and juvenile Bald Eagles, Turkey Vultures and a juvenile Peregrine falcon.
Non-raptor Observations: We are seeing fewer warblers passing through the tree around the tower, except for a sudden burst at the end of the day. Many warblers are now flying in small groups above the marsh. We are still seeing high numbers of Cedar Waxwings and Mallards. One of today's highlight was an American White Pelican flying high over the marsh!
Cedar Waxwings: 274 Mallards: 188 Ruby-throated hummingbirds: 10 Monarchs: 27
Predictions: Tomorrow morning we are expecting North and North-East winds, and changing towards the South and South-East in the afternoon. Hopefully, the northerly winds will bring us many more Sharp-shinned hawks, Kestrels and more Broad-winged hawks. ======================================================================== Report submitted by Maryse Gagne (<maryse.gagne35...>) Holiday Beach Hawk Watch information may be found at: http://hbmo.ca/